What can I say? It’s Yoo Yeon Seok, and it’s not written by the Hong Sisters, so here I am, giving it a go (but then again, it’s Yoo Yeon Seok, I HAVE to give it a go). I’m not a fan of medical dramas despite loving pathology in general, but Show is intriguing enough in its setup and characters for me to continue watching.
Kang Dong Joo (Yoo Yeon Seok) is no Chilbong, and he can be quite a selfish jerk, but love is blind (for me). He has his own reasons, and they’re exactly what make those who grow up in a less privileged environment scary (for the rich snobs), because he’s hardworking and opportunisitic. But like Chilbong, he’s faithful to his love, and was attracted to Yoon Seo-jung (Seo Hyun-jin) because of her personality 5 years ago, and continues to love her even though she disappeared for 5 years.
Seo-jung is the opposite of Dong-joo – quick on her feet, humble and a tad more idealistic to his jadedness. Her having PTSD after the accident that killed her then-boyfriend is just an extra layer of drama, although kudos to the scriptwriter for showing her progress to overcome it realistically, and not just with some magical cure-it-all. Her decisiveness garners her a certain amount of respect among her peers and juniors, and also a not very nice nickname “Crazy Whale”.
So where does this Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim comes in? Han Seok-kyu plays the titular character Kim Sa-bu (or Dr Pu Yong-joo, his real name) who’s like THE Surgery God, skilled in not just general surgery but also a few more specialisations, as claimed by the drama characters. He’s full of experience, nimble and knows exactly how to treat his patients, either with surgeries or words. Show has been hinting at some severe unfair treatment by the main hospital’s director Dr Do, Show’s main villain who’s out to destroy Kim Sa-bu and everyone else who defies his orders.
Show does get a little overboard with the procedural medical cases/situations, whereby suddenly there’s just so many accidents happening everyday near this isolated little village hospital where all our main characters are stationed at. The cases however, are interesting and I did get to learn a thing or two. Our young doctors Dong-joo and Seo-jung also are slowly becoming Kim Sa-bu’s apprentice, picking up his exceptional skills, and especially for Dong-joo, to wear down his jaded worldview. The rest of the hospital staff are like a family to our main characters, and it is this ragtag family spirit that makes Show enjoyable. At least the doctors here don’t argue over a woman right before going into the operating theatre.